The Hush of Expansion
The Forward Element is a religious movement that originated from a pan-Arabic Buddhist resurgence, centred in the region once known as Iran. It began with a holy text, Forward To The Pure Land, that syncretised a number of existing buddhist schools with the best of contemporary Zorastrian thinking. Their big idea was that while worldly suffering couldn’t be overcome on Earth, personal and social Illumination might be arrived at if society was contructed towards maximal spiritual enrichment.
Driven by this doctrine, there was a great Exodus to the planet Balkh led by the first incarnation of the Forward Lama. From then on, the Forward Element has formed a total theocracy that dominates all aspects of life on Balkh, presided over by current Forward Lama Matta Awad.